Friday, November 25, 2005



(Saa Virahe' -Radha's Separation)- The first word of a composition 'Saa virahe tava denaa' by JAYADEVA. The legendary composer famous for his peotic compositions in Sanskrit, known as Gita Govindam" and also known as "Astha Padi", representing The Räsa Léla of Sri Krishna with Rädha and the Gopicas ! known as The eight lovers of Sri Krishna)



Aladdin is a violin maestro. 


He runs a music shop for livelihood, taking


leave from his profession of performing violin. 


Since times have changed and there are not many takers for 


classical music he teaches his son to play violin.

Hussein a child prodigy......


Who has mastered the art of playing Violin at an early childhood


 under the tutelage of his father Maestro Allauddin. 


One day during the holidays of Ramadan by evening 


after his violin practice, he joins his friends to play 


in their neighborhood.


While chasing after the ball heunmindfully enters 


the main Bazaar street, where a riot has broken and 


the miscreants were seen looting,

killing and burning down the shops. 


Hussein in his eagerness to retrieve the ball 


gets caught in the riot and one of the rioters, 


finding him in his way,gets a hold on him and 


lifting him in to the air throws him on the steps of Mosque. 


Right away Hussein starts bleeding to death.



Soon a rain starts to pour down washing


 away his blood forming in to tiny flowing


 rivulets finally joining the river that goes


 through the city. While the sun setting, 


an evening prayer and breaking fast goes on in the mosque. 


At the city's burial ground.......


Among many of the tombs built for the dead, 


the orphan children gather during the night, 


a place which they call home. 


Hussein is also seen taking shelter amongst the buried 


sat next to a tomb. 


As the day sets in, he starts on a journey......


Traveling far and long for days 


together, he reaches a deserted 


city colored in Pink. 


As he goes around the city 


he finds the walls of houses 


painted with murals of people singing and 



playing various instruments.


After wards he leaves 


the city wandering to 


the country side.


 On a hot sunny day,


 tired and thirsty; 


his ears cache a song coming from afar in the landscape. 


Hoping to find some water, 


He reaches there to see an Old Seer Sat under 


a big Papal Tree surrounded by sheep and


Shepard boys was singing a beautiful hymn. 


(A song rendered in evoking gods). Seeing the boy


 in an exhausted condition, he stops his singing


 as as Hussein makes a sign for water, he points 


him to a house near by and tells him to go to there 


saying that he would also get what he is seeking. 



 As the sun is on its 

way to setting, Hussein 


approaches the house, 


there he comes across an


 old lady, Sidheshwari, who is milking the cow. 


           He asks her to give him something to 

quench his thirst.  Sidheshwari gives him milk 


to drink and inquires after him, 


up on finding that he is an orphan, 


her daughter Vasantha, a young woman


takes a liking to him and tells  her mother, that 



they should let him live with them.

They name him Sidharth and soon 


the boy is a happy child as he is loved 


and nourished and cared for.

Sidheshwari,whose husband had left on 


a pilgrimage years back and never 


returned, her young Daughter Vasantha 


are the only ones left of a great and 


well known family of traditional 

classical musicians. 




In her younger days Sidheshwari was very 

well  known for singing and she has taught 


her daughter to play violin, 


who is a virtuoso.


One day Vasantha, in order to replace her old violin, 


which is broken, visits the shop of the Old music Maestro. 


On her way to the shop in the streets she is confronted by 


a bird catcher, who forces her to buy a rare beautiful bird, 




kept in a cage. She feels so distressed for the bird 

that she offers to buys it, despite the warnings of 


the old maestro. This whole affair annoys the old 


maestro and he laments that, he had to put up with 


this cruel sight of birds being kept in cages every day and 


when he is old enough and nearing death. 

He prays for the of change the cruel heart of the bird catcher and 


give freedom to the poor birds, who are caged. 


He scolds the bird catcher and tells him to get reformed and stop the


 cruelty to birds,suggesting that he could choose some other


 profession and stop troubling his customers.




The maestro shows her around 

his shop. She looks at a beautiful 


violin kept in a glass case, while 


she inquires about it, a well 





dressed young man by the name Rahul, who has been looking

 around for a while reaches for the violin and takes it out of the case, 


pleased by its beauty he approaches the maestro 

asking for its price.Taken in by this sudden event 


the young lady protests to the young man, that in 


fact she was inquiring after it and she is going to 


buy it. 




The young man responds saying that since he got it first, 

it is his right to buy and with that they both start fighting with 

each other, over who has the right to buy it.

The maestro finds him self being amused by the fighting couple 


but politely tells them that the violin is not for sale.


 While both insist that they would like to buy it.




He tells them that....

the violin is not for sale and it belonged to 


his son,who is no more and once, 


he is used to play it every day and 


in remembrance of him, he had kept it preserved.

He tells them that there are many beautiful 


violins,any of which they could buy and 


he inquires after both of them as to why 


they would want to buy a violin. 

the young man explains that all


his life  he had wanted to learn 


playing the violin...... 


but he could not afford one,


now is the time for him since.... 


he is gainfully employed....


so he could afford to learn. 


While the young lady tells him that since, 


her old violin broke, 

she needs a new one to continue practice. 


The old maestro finding out, that she is the daughter of 


the famed singer Sidheshwari,whom he knew very well, 


becomes thought full for a while and tells both of them that 


there is one way, where both of them could have it.





He tells them that, though he would not sell 


the violin...


 yet he could give it to both of them on 


a condition that the young man chooses to


 learn from her and in turn 


she be willing to teach him. 


He also tells them that when they have no need for it or 


if they stop playing it, then they should return the violin back to him.


 He tells them that he is willing to giving it to them, 


only because he wanted the violin to be played every day, 


which would give him some consolation to the fact that 



his son used to play it every day.

They both accept to this condition, 

though grudgingly and Rahul, happy at 


the prospect of finding a teacher, 


promises to visit her house for his violin classes.

Soon after her arrival at home....


Vasanta shows the violin to Siddhartha. 




He instantly takes a great liking

 to the violin and soon becomes


inseparable with it. 


To every one's surprise he plays 


divinely and each time he played 


the violin, the house would lit with 


a golden hue spreading around.

There lives in theirs neighborhood....


An old retired school teacher married to his young wife 

with no children. Not a day passes by with out her 

picking at the old man and She would be cursing 


her poor parents saying that all they could do is 


nothing better than, just find an old man for 


a son in law. The old teacher, though gentle, is 


a resigned person. But as he starts to listen to the violin 


being played at his neighbors......


he finds life full of joy and often would exclaim, 


that God is merciful for having brought the happiness back 


in to his life and he could expect nothing better. 


But his wife,who is a spiteful lady, seeing him happy, 


would curse him and also the neighbors, saying that, 


the music has brought ruin to her life and all that 


the old man does is sit and exclaim, like a madman.

Surrounded by happiness and merry, Rahul and Vasantha fall in love


 with each other and soon they get married.




 As wished by Sidheshwari, Rahul comes to stay 

with them at their house. 


On his first night, while Siddhartha plays the violin.


Rahul is taken aback at seeing his wife as some one


 divine and he finds him self being held back from


 reaching his wife. He suddenly starts feeling that 


the music played by Siddhartha is 

what making him helpless and vulnerable. 

Disturbed by such a happening he believes, the violin has 


some kind of power which is probably making him imagine things.


 He suggests to both Sidheshwari and Vasantha, 


that now they have to run a family and think of future, 


it would be better for them to be realistic and stop indulging in music.


 His decision makes everyone in the family sad, 


since now he is the master of the house, 


both mother and daughter give in to 

his proposal......


that the violin should be returned 


as part of the agreement with maestro.


The young couples take the violin back to 


the old maestro and tell him that 


Now they are married, 


it would be difficult for them to continue with music, 


since they will have to be bothered with running a family. 


When they return back home, they discover that Siddhartha had 


left their house and the bird too gone.


The next day their neighbor, 


the old school teacher is found dead while he is asleep.



The incident saddens them all but soon 


they have something to cheer up, 


as the young couple discover,that 


they are going to have a baby. 


On the day of the baby boy's birth they all witness 


the same phenomenon of the golden hue spreading 


in their house which they think is a good omen, and 


they name him as Siddhartha. 


Their life is filled with joy as they see Siddhartha growing.

One day while listening to the violin being played on the Radio,


 Siddhartha is so taken in by the beauty of the music, 


he inquires about it with his grand mother and 


up on learning that they were a family of musicians and 


his mother is an exponent of violin, 


He tells her that he would like to learn playing it. 


Sidheshwari enthralled by the prospects of 


her grand son continuing their tradition.


That night she is visited by a vision and 


remembers the young boy, who once lived 


in her house. 


Sidheshwari sees the resemblance of him in her Grand son 


Siddhartha. 


She determines to get the same violin for her grand son to play and


son to play and she plans a visit to the old musician 


along with her daughter, son in law and grand son.

The maestro Aladdin recognizes, the resemblance of Sidhartha 


to his dead son Hussein and he talks about it. Sidheshwari, 


narrates the story of the boy who stayed with them long back and 


they all discover that Hussein is the one who had reincarnated as 


Siddhartha. 


They are overjoyed by this divine miracle and 


As they hear a commotion breaking out in the streets, 


they walk out to see that. 


A saint with his followers is seen along with the bird catcher, 


Who is now in monk's robes freeing the birds from cages. 


They all remark that it is such a beautiful sight 


to see all those birds free and probably 



it is one more of Gods miracles 

that the bird catcher is now a 


transformed man.


Sidheshwari, Maestro Aladdin 


and the young couple with 


Siddhartha approach the saint 


and his disciples, ask his blessing for young Siddhartha. 


Instead the saint along with his disciples pays 


his obeisance to Siddhartha....


while they all look at him surprised by 


such an unusual happening,


 the saint tells them that, 


the boy is none other than the Bodhisattva reincarnated and 


they are all so fortunately blessed to be witnessing it. 




He tells them that,

Bodhisatwa is born on this earth as Sidhartha 


to bless us all by spreading love and compassion


through his divine music and that they 

are so fortunate, for the master has chosen to


 grace them with his birth, as a member of their family.



Now Siddhartha, sat under 


the shade of papal tree 


surrounded by the sheep and 


shepherds is playing his violin. 



We can all listen to the divine music floating down and  reaching 


our ears.......

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